Applications and nominating guidelines for district awards such as Hall of Fame, District of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, and Superior Professional Support are all available on this page. Further information and application guidelines on scholarships offered by GACD are also located on this page.


District Awards


HALL OF FAME

The GACD Hall of Fame preserves the history of the conservation movement in Georgia by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to soil and water conservation.  Any person, living or deceased, who has made unusual and extraordinary contributions in the field of conservation may be nominated. All nominations must be submitted by a current GACD member.

Deadline: September 30

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Nominees for the GACD Hall of Fame shall be considered based on the following criteria:

  1.  Demonstration of truly outstanding leadership in the field of soil and water conservation.
  2. Made unusual and extraordinary contributions to the protection of Georgia’s soil and water resources.
  3. Has received recognition of his/her peers in the field of conservation.
  4. Made noteworthy accomplishments in fields other than conservation.
  5. Possesses impeccable character.

Completed nominations will be judged by the GACD Executive Committee. (Members of the Executive Committee are not eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame.)  It is not mandatory that the Executive Committee select an honoree each year.

Honorees selected are inducted during the Hall of Fame Dinner at the GACD Annual Meeting. The honoree is presented with a plaque recognizing his/her induction.  Honorees’ names will be added to the permanent GACD Hall of Fame plaque, which shall be placed at the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission State Office in Athens.

GACD HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

2015

Dell MacGregor, Dennis Brown

2014

Steve Singletary, Carl Brack, Leonard W. Ridings

2013

George Hillsman

2012

Dorothy "Mable" Brown, John Woodard, John Redding

2011

Jack Hufstetler

2010

J.M. "Bob" Plemons, James W. Dobson

2009

Connie Wiggins, Jimmy Johnson, Jeannette Jamieson


DISTRICT OF THE YEAR

The District of the Year award was established by GACD and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 2001 to recognize the conservation district in Georgia which best plans, implements, and reports a conservation program in a given year. 

Deadline: September 30 

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    SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR

    In appreciation of supervisors' commitment to the protection of Georgia's natural resources, GACD presents a Supervisor of the Year award at the Annual Meeting. The award recognizes exemplary achievements, leadership, and service to GACD, NACD, and local communities.

    Deadline: September 30

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    SUPERIOR PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT AWARD

     The Superior Professional Support award is given annually to a conservation professional working in Georgia.  The objective of the award is to recognize the nominee's professional contributions in soil and water conservation.

    Deadline: September 30

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    The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts has been lucky to have a number of individuals willing to make long-term commitments as District Supervisors on the boards of their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. We appreciate the tireless efforts made by District Supervisors in conserving, protecting, and improving the natural resources in their local areas. These awards are given each year based on the length of time a Supervisor has served, from 20 to 75 years!

    Length of service award


    Many Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout the state honor individuals, farms, and organizations that make special contributions to the protection and improvement of natural resource conservation in their area.

    Conservationist of the Year

     

    Scholarships


    GACD Scholarship

    To encourage study and careers in soil and water conservation related fields, GACD administers two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship each year.  The scholarships are given to students majoring in, or intending to major in, a soil and water conservation related area.  Acceptable areas of study include, but are not limited to, agricultural education, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, and agricultural communications.

    The applicant may be a graduate student, senior, junior, sophomore or freshman from Georgia at any accredited college, school, or university in the United States.  Applicants in their first semester of college should send their high school transcript and proof of college enrollment.  Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 and be in need of financial assistance.  There will be no discrimination on basis of race, sex, or religion.  A candidate may submit one application to be reviewed for all three scholarships, but he/she can only receive one of the three awards per year.  An individual may not compete for a scholarship that he or she has won in past years.  However, he or she may compete for the other scholarships.  The scholarship payments are disbursed according to the fund.

    The GACD Scholarship winner is selected by the Scholarship Committee.  The awardee is recognized at the GACD Annual Meeting in January.  Disbursements will be made in two payments of $500.00 paid to the student upon receipt of proof of satisfactory completion of each of two semesters of full-time academic work.

    Applications should be sent to GACD, P.O. Box 1134, Ringgold, GA 30736, or info@gacd.us on or before October 15th each year. To review the application in preparation for next year's awards, please download the guidelines and application.

    Click here to download the scholarship application →


    Garland & Anita Thompson family scholarship

    The Garland and Anita Thompson Family Scholarship was established in 2009 in memory of Mrs. Anita Thompson.  The Thompson Family selects the awardee.  One payment of $1000 is presented to the scholarship recipient at the GACD Annual Meeting in January.

    Applications should be sent to GACD, P.O. Box 1134, Ringgold, GA 30736, or info@gacd.us on or before October 15th each year. To review the application in preparation for next year's awards, please download the guidelines and application.

    Click here to download the scholarship application →


    GACD auxiliary scholarship

    The GACD Auxiliary Scholarship winner is selected by the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee.   The funds are disbursed in one installment of $500 upon satisfactory completion of a semester of full-time academic work.  The scholarship winner is recognized at the GACD Annual Meeting in January.

    Applications should be sent to GACD, P.O. Box 1134, Ringgold, GA 30736, or info@gacd.us on or before October 15th each year. To review the application in preparation for next year's awards, please download the guidelines and application.

    Click here to download the scholarship application →


    nrcw scholarship

    Each year, students across Georgia are invited to attend the annual Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) in Tifton on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus.

    NRCW targets students with a desire to learn more about Georgia's natural resources and the opportunities and responsibilities they provide. More than $18,000 in scholarships are awarded each year.

    This workshop gives students a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about Georgia's natural resources—soil, water, air, plants, minerals, and animals—from experts in each field. Utilizing classroom and field trip activities, NRCW helps students learn the basic principles and the responsible use of natural resources.

    Tuition is $150 per student and may be sponsored by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, local businesses or individuals. Many Districts also contribute to the scholarships awarded at the workshop. Email info@gacd.us for more information.


    Photograph courtesy of Meghan McMullen